On: Gluten Free Quinoa Crusted Chicken Cordon Bleu

Perhaps a better name for this is Quinoa Crusted Chicken Amanda Olson. Though it follows the general formula for traditional chicken cordon bleu I took a hard left out of France with the use of Quinoa, Pepper jack cheese in lieu of swiss, and lean turkey breast in favor of ham. To add to the overall nutritional value of the meal I served it atop a bed of wilted spinach. So here you have it my friends, a high protein and vitamin gluten free dish:

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4 chicken breasts

1 cup  dry quinoa- cooked with 2 cups of water

4 slices of pepper jack cheese (or whichever cheese you like!)

4 slices of lean turkey breast

2 eggs

1 tsp. morrocan seasing (I use McCormick)-this is also optional

4 cups spinach


Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. Cook Quinoa and allow to cool in an open bowl while the following preparations are made:

Crack eggs into a bowel and mix in morrocan seasoning. Filet chicken breasts leaving one long edge connecting forming a bit of a seam. Fold 1 slice of cheese into 1 piece of turkey breasts slice, and place this into the seam of the chicken breast then close the chicken breast back up forming a bit of a pocket with turkey and cheese inside.

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Next, dip the entire meat and cheese pocket into the egg mixture and smother thoroughly. Next, place the egg covered pocket directly into the quinoa and again smother the entire pocket of meat, being sure to generously cover the entire surface area. Repeat with each chicken breast.

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Place quinoa covered chicken into a pyrex or corningware baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes or until chicken breasts are thoroughly cooked. Remove from oven and serve atop a small bed of wilted spinach. Wilting may be done in a vegetable steamer, over the stovetop on medium for 3 minutes, or for the busy body, place into the microwave for 30 seconds.

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Serves 4.

Enjoy, and make your day great!



About runningyourbody

I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Certified Pilates instructor, and runner with celiac disease. I am passionate about educating people on running, pilates, and women’s health topics. I am trained in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction, as well as pre and post partum impairments. In my free time I can be found anywhere outside. I enjoy training for races with friends, cooking gluten free meals, and traveling with my husband. My goal is to share information with you in a lighthearted and enjoyable forum. I am always contributing fun and interesting posts on my blog. Feel free to check it out @ https://runningyourbody.wordpress.com/
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